Apple MacBook Air 15-inch 256GB (M2, 2023)
Apple MacBook Air 15-inch 256GB (M2, 2023) is a truly superb everyday laptop, with a solid and premium build quality, a stunning big display, excellent performance and a great battery life. There’s nothing not to love here. It’s the everyday laptop dreams were made of.
- Dimensions: 237.6 x 340.4 x 11.5mm, 1.53kg
- Ports: 2x USB-C (USB 4) / Thunderbolt 3, MagSafe 3, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Finish options: Starlight, Midnight, Silver, Space Grey
The MacBook Air 15-inch takes on an identical design to the MacBook Air (M2, 2022) but that is no bad thing in my opinion. Not at all in fact. The 2022 model saw quite a big departure from the MacBook Air as many of us knew it. The original MacBook Air was pulled out of a manila envelope in 2008 and its wedge-like design remained a signature trait right up until the 2022 model arrived.
Larger and stunning display
- 15.3-inch Liquid Retina, 2880 x 1864 resolution, 224ppi
- 500nits brightness
- True Tone support
- P3 wide colour
Despite not offering Face ID, the MacBook Air 15-inch does have a notch at the top of its display housing the 1080p FaceTime camera. You might find it a little distracting at first, but it’s something you get used to within a matter of minutes. The notch is also less obvious on the 15-inch Macbook Air compared to the smaller MacBook Air thanks to the larger screen. There are slim uniformed bezels – only 5mm – and while the bezels aren’t as slim as the MacBook Pro models, they are significantly reduced compared to the M1 MacBook Air.
Apple Silicon performance
- Apple M2 processor (8-core – 4 performance and 4 efficiency cores)
- 10-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
- Media Engine (H.264, HEVC, ProRES, ProRES RAW)
- 256GB storage (up to 1TB, 2TB)
- 8GB RAM (upgradable up to 24GB)
Just like the design, the MacBook Air 15.3-inch follows a similar path to the 13.6-inch model that launched in 2022 when it comes to the specifications under the hood. Some rumours had initially claimed this model would run on the M3 chip, but instead Apple stuck with the M2 chip. Essentially, the MacBook Air 15-inch is pretty much just a larger version of the MacBook Air 13.6-inch (M2, 2022).
Apple MacBook Air 15-inch 256GB (M2, 2023); Battery life
With the increase in chassis size with that bigger screen, we can expect to see a pretty substantial increase in battery life with the new 15-inch MacBook Air.
The current model already has some good battery life, with 18 hours of Apple TV movie playback, or 15 hours of web surfing. Expect the new model to exceed that by some margin, with more space on board for a bigger battery.
Ports and expansion
The 15-inch MacBook Air is exactly the same as what the 13-inch MacBook Air brought, with MagSafe 3 charging and two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports.
Gadget Central verdict
The 15-inch MacBook Air could be one of the most exciting laptops Apple has ever released, combining a larger form factor with the Air’s beloved portability and battery life that would benefit even more from a larger chassis.
While some might prefer a 15-inch MacBook with a bit more “oomph”, a 15-inch MacBook Air where the only difference over the 13-inch model is the size makes the most sense, in the same way that Apple offers the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, as well as the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
- Solid and premium design
- Excellent large display
- Superb performance
- Promising battery life
- No Face ID
- Notch could be annoying
- Bezels could be slimmer
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